Web Poster English Financial HWUntitled designDuring National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) 2020, we launched a new public awareness campaign, calling the community in because it’s on all of us to end domestic violence.

Our campaign called Rhode Islanders in to “know the signs” and urged each of us to learn more about subtle and commonly overlooked forms of abuse. The campaign was created by listening to the voices of our community and survivors. The talented art director, Loretta Kennedy, drew from the experiences of survivors to inspire the look, feel and message of the campaign. 

Throughout the month, Rhode Islanders were invited to hear survivor stories on social media, hear radio and Pandora public service announcements in English and Spanish, see TV public service announcements across local stations and see billboards and ads displayed throughout our state. We also shared video interview series and were featured in stories in The Providence Journal. If you missed our virtual community meeting and campaign reveal event, you can view it here.

We welcomed all Rhode Islanders to sign up for any of our upcoming training sessions, share our social media posts and start conversations. Domestic abuse affects us all, and it is crucial to know the signs to learn where to get support or how to provide resources as a bystander. Learn what you can do to end domestic abuse, and get involved.

It’s on all of us to end domestic violence.

This year's campaign focused on recognizing lesser-known forms of abuse, like controlling a partner's finances, forcing a partner to share passwords and unwanted touching or grabbing.

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Visit our Teen Center to find resources and information for young people in R.I., and to learn about our public awareness efforts in February, national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

Learn more about our previous public awareness campaigns below.